Justin Bieber: Coming of Age in the Lime Light (Photos +Videos)
Justin Bieber: Coming of Age in the Lime Light (Photos +Videos)
These police booking mugs made available by the Miami Dade County Corrections Department show pop star Justin Bieber, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Bieber and singer Khalil were arrested early Thursday for allegedly drag-racing on a Miami Beach Street. Police say Bieber has been charged with resisting arrest without violence in addition to drag racing and DUI. Police also say the singer told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken prescription drugs. (AP Photo/Miami Dade County Jail)

These police booking mugs made available by the Miami Dade County Corrections Department show pop star Justin Bieber, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Bieber and singer Khalil were arrested early Thursday for allegedly drag-racing on a Miami Beach Street. Police say Bieber has been charged with resisting arrest without violence in addition to drag racing and DUI. Police also say the singer told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken prescription drugs. (AP Photo/Miami Dade County Jail)

Singer Justin Bieber makes an appearance at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day, in New York, on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

Singer Justin Bieber makes an appearance at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day, in New York, on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

Singer Justin Bieber performs at the 2009 Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Singer Justin Bieber performs at the 2009 Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Singer Justin Bieber poses in the press room at the 2009 Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York, on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

Singer Justin Bieber poses in the press room at the 2009 Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York, on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

Singer Justin Bieber performs at the Pepsi Fan Jam Super Bowl Concert on South Beach, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Singer Justin Bieber performs at the Pepsi Fan Jam Super Bowl Concert on South Beach, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs at the O2 Arena in east London, Monday, March 4, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs at the O2 Arena in east London, Monday, March 4, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Miley Cyrus, right, presents the award for top male artist to Justin Bieber at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Miley Cyrus, right, presents the award for top male artist to Justin Bieber at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Justin Bieber arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Justin Bieber arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

FILE - In this March 19, 2013 file photo, singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert at Bercy Arena in Paris. Bieber has been arrested after police say he drag raced on a Miami Beach, Fla., street in a yellow Lamborghini and failed a sobriety test early Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

FILE - In this March 19, 2013 file photo, singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert at Bercy Arena in Paris. Bieber has been arrested after police say he drag raced on a Miami Beach, Fla., street in a yellow Lamborghini and failed a sobriety test early Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Singer Justin Bieber arrives at the premiere of the feature film

Singer Justin Bieber arrives at the premiere of the feature film "Justin Bieber's Believe" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

This is a road walked down by too many in the past: Britney Spears (till she got her act together), Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, and now, Justin Bieber. 

His talent as a kid was undeniable. When his mom uploaded to YouTube home videos of him singing at the age of 12, he took the Internet by storm.  

This is how it looked like then. 

But fame came with a price. As the number of “true Beliebers” grew, a certain yellow liquid rose up to Bieber’s head, making him think he was invincible. Scroll down for a full photographic timeline of Justin Bieber’s coming of age in the lime light.  

 His early performances had a certain naivete and childish purity to them. It was adorable.

  

 And then everything became bigger. 

And bigger. 

 

 And then things went downhill …

to the point that  he looked like a poor imitation of himself, or a Michael Jackson wannabe. 

 

And then, well, this happened…

  • Electriq

    Reason #814 not to like him:

    His mug shot is better than my drivers license photo.

    • HeyJude

      LOL! Yeah, guess that has to be added to the list. I kinda feel sorry for the kid though…great talent at such a young age, and now destroying himself. That seems to be the trend these days, no amount of bad examples of others downfalls makes a difference. Must be an “I’m special, I’m different” delusion.

  • http://www.imallwrite.com/ drewbai

    Justin Bieber’s a guy who is wild
    Looks like Shaggy and Velma’s love child
    He ate Scooby snacks,
    Got high on Zantacs
    Now he’s in jail and charges are filed

  • The OGS

    Guys I believe that’s limelight…
    Limelight not Lime Light, heheh.
    Poor little Justin – he should get kicked out of the USA (which he is only visiting).
    That might actually get his attention, y’know?

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